U.S. citizens in California may sponsor their foreign fiancé(e)’s children to come to the U.S. on K-2 visas. In order to qualify for a K-2 visa, the foreigner must be
- under age 21, and
- the child of a K-1 visa-holder.
In this article, our California immigration lawyers answer frequently-asked-questions about K-2 visas in California, including eligibility, application processes, time frames, and fees. Click on a topic to jump directly to that section:
- 1. Can my children get a K-2 visa in California?
- 2. How does my child apply for a K-2 visa?
- 3. How long does it take to get a K-2 visa?
- 4. How much does it cost to get a K-2 visa?
- 5. What if my child is too old for a K-2 visa?
For children of foreign spouses, see our article on applying for a K-4 visa in California.
Foreign children may be able to come to the U.S. on a K-2 visa. The seven eligibility requirements for a K-2 visa are:
- The child’s foreign parent is a K-1 visa applicant;
- The child’s age is under 21 years old;
- The child is not married;
- The child is not addicted to drugs;
- The child does not have a criminal record;
- The child has no U.S. immigration violations; and
- The U.S. citizen sponsoring the child can support the child financially.
Note that K-2 visas are also available to step-children and adopted children of K-1 visa applicants.1
The K-2 visa application process is nearly the same as applying for a K-1 visa…
The first step is the sponsor submitting a I-129f form to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration and Services (USCIS). If it is approved, the National Visa Center sends the visa applications to the foreign fiancé(e) and his/her children.
Note that children with K-2 visas typically have a year to come to the U.S. after the visa is issued. And the children do not need to arrive in the U.S. at the same time as their parents.
The application time frame is about six (6) months.3
The K-2 visa fee is $535, plus any expenses for a medical exam.4
Foreigners older than 20 may not receive a K-2 visa. But if their foreign parents obtain a green card, those parents may be able to sponsor their adult children to come to the U.S. on other family-based visas. Adult children may also be able to explore other methods of immigration such as through employment-based visa. 5
Call a California immigration attorney…
Are you seeking to immigrate with your children to California? Then contact our Los Angeles immigration lawyers for a free consultation. We will help determine whether you qualify for a visa and walk you through the application procedures.
Go to our California visa main page.
See our article on K-2 visas in Nevada.